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By Erin Bradley Neer | Trends and ideas disrupting the retail industry.

7 Of The Best Strategic Uses Of Consumer-Facing Tech In Retail & Hospitality

Here are my top picks for pioneers embracing new forms of technology at retail, to differentiate themselves among digitally savvy target audiences. In so doing, they’re better meeting consumer needs such as product customization, or quality and speed of service and payment. Below are 7 standouts …


This Is How You'll Shop In 2020

Mall rats, rejoice.

If you want to be happy, recent research suggests, you should spend your money on experiences, not things. It’s a wise sentiment, with income being a limited resource and all. You work hard for your paycheck. You want to get the most out of it.

On the other hand: Shopping is fun! …

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Etsy Wants To Bring Its Handmade Wares To A Brick-And-Mortar Chain Store Near You

Selling their handmade wares in big, national stores is a logistical and financial challenge for small businesspeople on Etsy.

By the time Anthropologie placed an order for 10,000 of her screenprinted hand towels and napkins, Kristina Basgen had already been selling her designs on Etsy and at craft …


Physical Location Still a Factor in Online-Shopping Decisions

For retailing, the key change produced by the Internet is that shopping online spared consumers the economic costs (in time, grief and gas money) of visiting a store and locating a product. This has been called the “death of distance.” When even isolated individuals can buy anything from a global …

Mobile Computing

11 perspectives on the future of brick-and-mortar retail stores

Last week, we asked readers for their predictions on what role they think brick-and-mortar stores will play in the future. We received many great …

Brick and Mortar

Amazon Offers Cheapest Grocery Delivery in NYC, Study Finds Inc., which has been seeking to push further into shoppers’ everyday lives, was the least expensive grocery-delivery option in New York …

Lowe's: The Home Improvement Retailer Of The Future

In other blogs I’ve looked at how cutting-edge companies like Amazon and Apple are getting closer to their customers by using consumer data to take the friction out of the purchasing process. That’s why you may be surprised that one of today’s leading lights in the retail space is actually a home …

The Future

Personal engagement is omnichannel experience at Ulta Beauty

For fast-growing retailer Ulta Beauty, having an omnichannel presence does not just mean selling products across multiple touch-points. As Ulta …

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Amazon wants to help you find a plumber

The company expanding from goods to services.

Amazon is taking aim at dominating yet another area of your life: household services.

The Seattle-based e-commerce company on Monday launched Amazon Home Services, a new platform helping customers find help with a variety of local services. Some of the …


Gap CEO hints at clothing vending machine

How Art Peck is turning to technology to help boost sales

New Gap CEO Art Peck wants to make it clear that he’s willing to be innovative to boost his company’s sales, saying in a recent interview that he’s embracing technology like radio-tagged clothing and even the possibility of a vending machine …


Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday

Amazon’s Angie’s List competitor, called “Amazon Local Services,” has been rebranded as “Amazon Home Services” ahead of a larger launch happening Monday, sources familiar with the plans tell TechCrunch. The site, which previously featured only a limited number of service offerings in a handful of …


Google opens first shop in London

Another online company has entered the physical retail space: Google has opened an in-store shop in Currys PC World, on Tottenham Court Road in …


Amazon’s Drone Delivery Dreams Just Took a Step Closer to Reality

But don't expect a drone on your doorstep anytime soon

Amazon’s hopes of delivering shipments to customers via drones got a little more real Thursday as federal regulators granted the company approval to test its unmanned aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration gave Amazon’s drones what’s …


Facebook just bought a startup that can find every product for sale online

Facebook has bought shopping search engine The Find.

We first spotted the news in a tweet before the company announced the acquisition in a post on its website.

TheFind bills itself as "the only way to search the entire shoppable web." Its proprietary search engine lets you type in something you're …

Amazon confirms its acquisition of 2lemetry, an Internet of Things startup has acquired 2lemetry, a startup with a system for sending, receiving, and analyzing data from Internet-connected devices.

“We can confirm that Amazon has acquired 2lemetry, and we look forward to continuing to support 2lemetry customers,” an Amazon Web Services spokeswoman told …

Amazon Launches Pinterest-Like Site for New Gadgets and Gear From Inventors

Amazon wants to work with more startup product brands, and it is leveraging its giant customer base to get exclusive deals from the inventors making them.

The company said on Wednesday that it had launched a new online storefront called Amazon Exclusives featuring a small selection of new products, …


Universal Assembly Unit at London Fashion Week: The innovative media company creates an interactive installation that lets visitors experience fashion in a whole new way

The spotlight is on South Africa this week, as Design Indaba is set to start. But it’s not just in its homeland that South African design is on display; in London, the country was one of 29 taking part in the International Fashion Showcase during the recent London Fashion Week. Designers Adriaan …


Is Your Company Ready For The Coming Surge In Mobile Commerce?

It’s no wonder all eyes are now on Barcelona, which is hosting the annual Mobile World Congress. What was once an accessory is fast becoming the way everyone does business.

“Customer experience is transforming very, very quickly, and it’s driven by two things at the same time,” says Thomas Kurian, …

Mobile Commerce

Walmart tests grocery pickup service

Walmart is testing a new online ordering/pickup service at 3 Valley stores.


Ace Hardware rolls out delivery service

Snowed in and need a shovel? If you live near an Ace Hardware, you may be able to get that shovel delivered.

That’s because the retailer is rolling …


Curbside Brings A Same-Day Local Pickup Option To Best Buy Shoppers

Not all e-commerce involves home delivery. Mobile shopping app Curbside, which lets users shop from their phones then pick up their purchases at a local retailer without getting out of their cars, has been growing quickly since its debut last year, and is now processing thousands of orders per …

Nike gives its fans early access to premium footwear with Noho popup

SNKRS Station acts as physical representation of upcoming mobile experience for cream-of-the-crop inventory

The hype around cool new kicks doesn’t …


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The Retailers Shoppers Like the Most

Is Amazon one of your favorite retailers? If so, you’re hardly alone, according to new survey.

A study published Monday by consulting firm PwC found that 52% of respondents picked Amazon as one of their three top retail choices for 2014. The other two that cropped up most commonly? Wal-Mart, with …

Online Life

How Rebecca And Uri Minkoff Are Shaking Up Retail

The fashion-world siblings are bringing digital innovations to the dressing-room experience.

When accessories and apparel designer Rebecca Minkoff opened her eponymous company’s first store in Manhattan in November, she and her brother Uri, the business’s cofounder and CEO, wanted to create a wired …

Why Alibaba's Tea Delivery Test Is Not The Future Of Drone Delivery

Two Decembers ago, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos made a bet with the crew of 60 Minutes after luring its correspondent Charlie Rose to his company’s offices with an exclusive.

“If you can guess what it is … I will give you half my fortune.”

The exclusive, as we now know, turned out to be Amazon’s proposed …


Amazon opens its first store

Look out, retailers. Amazon has opened its first-ever brick-and-mortar store.

Amazon announced that it has opened a pickup and drop-off location on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Students can order everything from "textbooks, laptops, or mac and cheese," according to Paul …


RadioShack’s ‘store within a store’ concept detailed

With yesterday’s news that RadioShack was filing for bankruptcy, we also learned there would be a ‘store within a store’ concept that would allow …